Taking Up Woodworking? How to Avoid Mistakes When Buying Lumber

7 July 2020
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


If you've decided to start woodworking during all the free time you have, start with the lumber. You know that you need to buy lumber. But, you may not know how to buy lumber, especially if you've never done it before.  A lot goes into buying lumber for your woodworking projects. One mistake can throw off the entire thing. Here are four tips that will help you to avoid mistakes when buying lumber. 

Don't Sell Yourself Short

If you're going to buy lumber for your woodworking project, don't sell yourself short. You don't want to go into the lumber yard and base your purchase off the measurements you've written down. This is especially important when purchasing rough sawn boards. That's because measurements for rough sawn boards aren't precise. That means you're going to find different lengths and widths throughout the lumber stack. If you buy wood that's too short, you may not be able to use it. To avoid problems, bring a measuring tape with you. Measure each board you choose to make sure you can use it. 

Adjust for Finish Work

If you're going to be using your lumber for woodworking projects, you want to account for the finish work. Because the wood will be visible, you'll be sanding and planing the surface. The process of sanding and planing removes layers of thickness from wood. That means the finished wood won't be as thick as it was when you begin working. To avoid problems with measurements, always start with wood that's slightly thicker than you need. That way, you don't have to worry about the surface loss when you sand or plane the wood. 

Consider the Project

If you plan to buy top-grade boards, think about your finished project. Because of the quality, you'll pay a bit more for top-grade wood. The price will be based on the amount of usable wood. But, the aesthetic appeal of each board might not be the same. If you can't find the grain you're looking for in smaller boards, consider one wider board. You can have the lumber clerk strip the board to the right dimensions. That way, you'll have the size you need, and the appearance you want. 

Plan on Miscalculations

Finally, if you're going to be woodworking, plan on leftovers. You never know when you're going to make a mistake. If you don't have enough wood on hand, you may have problems with the finished project. The best way to avoid delays is to buy a bit more wood than you actually need. That way, you're prepared for any miscalculations that pop up. 

To learn move, visit a lumber supply store today.